Tag Archives: Endangered Species

Nongame Wildlife: State effort to be revised and focused

By Howard Meyerson One of Michigan’s more important wildlife initiatives, Michigan’s Nongame Wildlife Program, celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2013. It was a quiet celebration by all accounts, a contrast to its early years when the Michigan Department of Natural … Continue reading

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2014: The year ahead – for starters

By Howard Meyerson Last year was full of interesting developments: The endangered Kirtland’s warbler was reported to have made a comeback, Lake Michigan salmon were huge but proved less plentiful, the DNR moved to reopen some state forest campgrounds, camping … Continue reading

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Endangered mussel delays removal of Lyons Dam

By Howard Meyerson The discovery of a federally listed endangered mussel in the Grand River at Lyons will delay state and local plans to remove the Lyons Dam this year. Additional work and federal approval is needed now before the … Continue reading

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Between a rock and a hard place: Michigan’s national parks cut services amid budget woes

By Howard Meyerson Hikers intending to backpack on Isle Royale this summer might want to pay extra attention to their planning. Fewer rangers will be stationed on the remote and rugged Lake Superior island, meaning fewer first-responders will be available … Continue reading

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Wind companies won’t face charges in condor deaths

California condors are fair game if you own a wind farm these days. Surprising as that may sound, the US Fish and Wildlife Service has granted permission to California’s Terra-Gen Power for incidental take of the endangered bird, meaning it … Continue reading

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U.S. plans to drop gray wolves from endangered list

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service intends to remove the gray wolf from the endangered species list all across the lower 48 states. The decision will result in individual states taking over management of the wolves, according to a story … Continue reading

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Singing Praise: Kirtland’s Warbler reaches new highs

Michigan’s Kirtland’s Warbler population has reached an all-time high, according to Dan Kennedy, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources endangered species coordinator. “We are witnessing a conservation success story,” Kennedy said. The agency recently released the results of its annual … Continue reading

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Wolf Hunt Coming for Michigan?

Now that Michigan gray wolves are off the endangered species list, state legislators are moving a bill to put wolves on the state’s game species list, according to this report by Bill Parker in Michigan Outdoor News. Will it be a … Continue reading

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Great News: Plovers nest on South Manitou Island.

Good news today from Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore which released this photo of the first piping plover nest on South Manitou Island in Lake Michigan. Plovers are on the federal endangered species list. Michigan and federal authorities have been … Continue reading

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Coming Back: California condor population breaks 400

The California condor is making a comeback but it isn’t out of the woods yet, according to federal wildlife officials. A survey of condors found 405, a far cry from 23 in the early 1980′s. Condors remain on the federal … Continue reading

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